Many willing to adopt
If there is a time-period within which ownership of such animals is not forthcoming, I feel sure that there are families throughout the Bega Valley Shire who would be willing to adopt one or more of the animals as opposed to learning of their arbitrary destruction after the event.
John Collins, Candelo
Sad to see neglect
I lived next door to the property where the horses were tied up, with empty water buckets and no grass, in the sun all day and freezing cold all night, tangled in trees, being choked and cut. Very neglected and sad to see.
Blake Mylan, Candelo
Funding vote divisive
This letter has been forwarded to Andrew Constance MP for Bega and will be of interest to local volunteers and community groups who have applied for My Community Project grant funding and are voting online for their project to win.
I hope more volunteers will join other community groups in contacting the local member to improve future funding application processes.
My Community Project grant funding of $260,000 is available for each state electorate which means the funds will be spread very thinly indeed because of the large number of worthwhile projects nominated. In the Bega electorate alone, there are 35 projects requesting total funding of over $2.7million.
All of these projects are worthwhile to the community involved and most are infrastructure based which is value for the future.
So, while Sydney gets billion dollar roads, tunnels and sports arenas, we in regional areas get breadcrumbs scattered before us and have to beg for that. The grant funding offered is 90% less than what the community applied for.
For future funding rounds, it is requested that the voting system be scrapped and the various projects be assessed on their merit. Perhaps by shire councillors and/or RDA board members who should have local knowledge compared to out-of-touch city based government departments.
This voting system tends to split communities and community groups while encouraging parochial attitudes in an unseemly fight for limited public funds. It is likely that smaller community groups will be disadvantaged due to being outnumbered in a public voting system by larger community groups.
Those that miss out will wonder who in the community voted against their project which could lead to some volunteers giving up.
There is also an issue with older residents who generally make up the majority of volunteers in community groups. The grant application and online voting system is onerous and beyond many who are not skilled in computer use.
There is also the potential for harvesting of private information, the supply of which is a requirement for every voter to vote online. It would be interesting to know the cost of the voting system and if it is audited.
In the broader picture of applying for funding grants, federal, state and private, it has become extremely complex and time-consuming for community groups in recent years.
Excessive details and red tape in pages of application forms and more documentation required to be attached.
Please consider issuing simplified grant funding applications and then request more detail from those shortlisted in an attempt to ease the growing administrative burden on community groups.
Gary Smith, manager TeenSafe, Moruya
National parks for all
Regarding plans for Ben Boyd National Park. Aren't national parks for everyone to use? Why has an elitist group of people been chosen over everyone else? It should lose its status as a national park if this proceeds.